Saranac Caramel Porter | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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73
okay
802 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor
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Saranac Caramel PorterSaranac Caramel Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
saranac.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
802
Reviews:
453
Avg:
3.15
pDev:
21.9%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
90
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 802 |  Reviews: 453
Photo of 13tido
2.05/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of MikeDre
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bieniek30
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of momof8fay
4.86/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite beer. Despite what is said elsewhere, this is a seasonal beer and was sold out throughout my area (Syracuse) by the time I went back to attempt to buy more of it last spring. It was also sold out at Saranac (I would have driven 45 minutes to buy them out ).
Some flavored beers are over-flavored; this one is not. Just the right amount of caramel flavor in my opinion.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a finger of off-white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of slightly bready, roasted malt, caramel and brown sugar. Not much in the way of any other aromas though. Smells quite a bit on the sweet-side, almost cloyingly.

Taste: Only ok. Lots of roasted malt up front, followed by strong, sweet, flavors of caramel. However, the caramel tastes fake, like it’s from a syrup or extract, rather than real caramel. It’s not a bad beer, but not a real good one either. It is however, disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very, very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is only an ok porter. Good idea, great idea, actually, but poorly executed. The caramel comes off as fake and chemical, rather than natural and delicious. I’d pass on this beer if offered again. Saranc needs to take this back to the drawing board and come up with a better recipe.

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Photo of grahuba
3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stoutmen
2.52/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WSchooley
3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of k47k
3.34/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pep
3.47/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.35/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Fairly dark brown, although a bit lighter than a typical porter. There's a finger of golden-brown head that hangs around for a few minutes.

S: Reminiscent of a typical brown ale, with lots of toasted malt, and a little bit of hops. There's also a hint of cola, which surprised me.

T: Not good! I'd thought this would be at least decent based on the look and a smell, but this tastes really bad. Sure, there's the Bready malt I expected, but there's also a cloying sweetness and a chemical taste that's really off-putting (artificial caramel flavor?) and ruins the whole experience.

M: I didn't even notice -- the taste has my full attention.

O: A drain pour, after 2 sips (I don't know why I didn't stop at one).

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Photo of GetTheYayo
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bf7
2.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Mrbseward
3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown with a cream colored head. Has the typical warm smell of a porter with notes of caramel. Taste is good, not strong like some porters and goes down easy. Overall very good beer.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mflamar
3.19/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of _morandi_
3.49/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ryan4120
3.89/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a nice caramel taste but overall just an ok porter

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.49/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snowmageddon
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Saranac Caramel Porter from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.15 out of 5 based on 802 ratings.
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